Expressions Part 3 - Visual Vocabulary of Graphic Novels, Comic Books and Comic Strips
Drawing your characters so they express feelings and emotions should not be hard. You are carrying a face with you everyday. Keep a mirror by your drawing table, so you can act out the emotion and see what it looks like. Now that you've seen it, think back to a time when your felt the emotion. Feel the emotion as you draw it. This will give the character some truth. As you draw your face may unconsciously create that expression. If it does, then you've in the zone!
Study the faces of other people was you go about your day. Create a mental file of the different feelings and moods you see them express.
Practice drawing your face in a mirror as you do different emotions. Feel the effect your eyes, eyebrows, mouth and facial muscles as you go from on extreme to another. Don't be shy! Really consort your face.
Look at how the attitude of the head changes. It may lean forward, drop, tilt or recoil.
Be here next time as we discuss Symbols.
Remember… Just Create!